Malawi govt bulldozed parliament in passing Divorce Bill – MP Chakwantha

The chairperson of the Legal Affairs Committee of Parliament, Peter Chakwantha, has accused the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government of bulldozing parliament in passing the Marriage Divorce and Family Relation Bill.

Chakwantha (left) : There has been a lot of marathons and manoeuvres

Chakwantha (left) wth opposition leader Lazaroud Chakwera : There has been a lot of marathons and manoeuvres

Chakwatha who is also Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe south west express resentment the way the Bill which was tabled by minister of gender Patricia Kaliati was passed.

He said government flouted the newly adopted standing orders which, among others, stipulate that a bill passes through his committee before proceeding for debate in National Assembly.

“The way the bill was presented and the manner in which debate on it was moderated leaves some of us feeling short changed,” said Chakwatha, as quoted in the local press.

“There has been a lot of marathons and manoeuvres which is uncalled for in this day and age,” he added.

The new standing orders provide that the first point of call for bills-government or private member is the clerk of parliament who then refers it to the relevant committee in this case it is the Legal Affairs.

According to Chakwatha, a lawyer by training, the parliamentary procedure was flouted in passing the bill, which he pointed out has “some ridiculous and imported elements” that his committee needed to look into before it came to the whole house for debate.

He accused the DPP government of having the tendency of “waiving standing orders to accommodate their inefficiency and shortcuts.”

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40 thoughts on “Malawi govt bulldozed parliament in passing Divorce Bill – MP Chakwantha”

  1. mtima wa nyani says:

    panali chakhantha m phuzisi wa pa Likuni girls mkazake anali nurse koma nde anayambilila kugona ntiwana take ta school pa Likuni- who is this chakhwantha ndipo ali moyo????????? cisilu ca munthu ,iyi inali ca 1970 s.kuli kwa azungu pano atamuimitsa mu khothi koma kwathu kuno cigogo cimeneci cangofumbatila mapwala ake pa kona.kwa azayhu mlandu suola koma kuno za caka catha zaiwalika.

  2. chie says:

    Kongilesi chilichonse mutsutsebe basi. Opposition is not there just for the sake of opposing but to give checks and balances. O chakwera munali ABUSA taperekani utsogoleri weniweni plz.

    1. chirwa says:

      Let’s not look into one person here be coz he is a pastor, both of us we must pray about this. Now we re bringing strange things in our country . . We don’t believe in those things they called divorce

  3. Banda says:

    Kayeza Punda, the MP in question has all the powers in the parliament to defend his position. If he has failed to do that, it’s unfortunate and should not blame the government. Parliament is regulated by Msowoya of MCP and Chakwera, you legalise a foolish bill and reject a good Police officer to be an IG, what an opposition.

  4. mphwanye says:

    Chakhwantha, I think you are one of those mps who are just signing for allowances without attending parliament. Where were you for God sake when the bill was being buldozed?

  5. MCP GVT says:

    Opposition, I thought u r there to oppose what is not going wel in the house? So where were u mr Chakwantha?

  6. John Nyirenda says:

    Date someone for five years! The state will assume you are married to her and if you split up! She will go with half your assets

    Wa dada

  7. Kes munthali says:

    No wonder any free think, intelligent human being can ever support this joke of a party. Chankwantha you were there in parliament when this was being debated, infact you knew before you left your house that this bill was on the order of business to be discussed on this particular day, you even voted for the bill to be passed…and more than 4 days later your are going to the media with this story, are you okay in the head? It seems kuMCPko its a case of the blind leading the blind. Last week to was that Chakwera fella making a full of himself in public by saying civil service reforms are illegal, the other week he wanted to declare a state of emergency kikikikiki..,. Very daft by a very big loud mouth, all talk no substance.

  8. losco says:

    Koma chipanichi chatikwana bwanji!Pamene amakambirana bill imeneyo chakwanthayo analikuti ndi Lazalo wakeyo.Aaaa zatikwana bwanji!!!!

  9. Khethemu says:

    Udali kuti bongololo!Hahahaha! Thus why we need to raise academic qualifications of mps. We must start from a degree going up.

  10. Francis Kasaila says:

    In fact the MCP supported the bill. Their spokesperson never pointed out anything that would have necessitated referring the bill to the committee. Every motion for each stage of the bill was passed without anyone saying No.

  11. Chamba says:

    If the the Bill was passed without followingprocedures then it should be challengednin court to declarenit unconstitutional.

  12. nyabake says:

    We are not fools mwanva you were there when the bill was passed maso tudzu, now you co
    e out telling lies to jounalists who are fooling?

  13. Peter Nkosi says:

    –> Does anyone know from where we can download a copy of this bill?

    –> The bill says that the minimum age for marriage is to be 18. If the following sections of the Constitution are still in effect then the minimum age will remain at 15 (or lower).

    22.7 For persons between the age of fifteen and eighteen years a marriage shall only be entered into with the consent of their parents or guardians.

    22.8 The State shall actually discourage marriage between persons where either
    of them is under the age of fifteen years

  14. DPP has alwayz acted as. A prty of fools but in long run they fool themselves.

  15. IKLC says:

    How did you as parliament allow this to happen? Are you a toothless committee? MPs?

    How did the speaker, who is also MCP, allow the procedures to be flouted? Can you answer these questions?


  16. Patrick Majoni says:

    Abambo anzanga tilimbe.Zayamba kudabwitsa

  17. wakukaya says:

    Why on media yet when the bill was passed in parliament you were there supporting the bill simunayakhulepo bwanji Hon Chakwantha pliz be honest apapa tisamangonva kuti awo ndi oipa nanga inu muzakhala liti oipawo kkkkkkk pepani concentrate in parliamentary issues not that u wash ur dirty linen in public mwalephera ndinu abwana

  18. Kenkkk says:

    Are you telling me that this bill was not debated in Parliament? Or were mps gagged not to speak? Then to me you are useless opposition, the Bill should have been debated and votes cast against or in favour. Or if necessary amendments suggested and made. Chakwata you should have raised that issue to the speaker or govt before the bill reached parliament, did you do that? Please don’t embarrass us MCP supporters!!!

  19. Ngungudya says:

    Nkani ndi malamulo osati Chakhwantha no leave this Hon alone

  20. Zladko says:

    Nyasa Times or your reporter could you please tell us also the content of the bill and not only the way it was presented?!
    Why is our opposition always weak?
    Please Mr Chakwera, and your colleagues from legal affairs committee do your job! You are to
    expensive to be silent!

  21. Kelvin says:

    day robbery ?? in parliament where were u mr chakwantha and ur chakwera when they were stealing ur silence,(sleeping in presidence resdence !) Oh kibak ! Watchout or u may bulldozed in 2019.

  22. Gabro says:

    Utter nonsense and childish.

  23. Mphwache says:

    Poor Malawi, this Bill is as useless as its predecessor that passed through Parliament when Peter was Minister of Justice. The problem in Malawi is not when girls get married, its when they get screwed. The Bill should prevent young girls getting screwed. In England if you screw anybody less than 16 years you get imprisoned, why cant this Bill address these issues?

    1. Khosomola says:

      One thing that is wrong in our country is how we use some age restricted language. These one of the most comonly used words is KUGONANA.

      I wonder how the young girls would be protected when all media talk about sex in

  24. Tiko says:

    The bill has been formulated sorely to victimise men. Amuna mutha.

  25. Kanyimbi says:

    Do these parliamentarians know that Malawians do not know what is in this bill? People should know that also men suffer in marriage. This will result in men running away from natural marriage and look for their fellow men.Please also legalise same sex marriage.

  26. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Iwe, don’t worry your parliamentary procedures, you are all stupid MPz there.

    Tell us what the new law says. And make sure the law does not force men to marry prostitutes. If there is anything, the law should recognize is that marriage is an agreement which involves love.

    Olo chibwezi chatha zaka handredi, sichimasanduka banja. Chifukwa banja involves ankhoswe, abusa and the like.

    Kaliati mumuuze, there is now way ‘love’ can be regulated by law.
    Love is affection.

    Chamba bwanji? Mwayamba kuba eti. Apo bi akazi azidulidwa mania.

  27. We are talking of Parliamentary procedures here and not party procedures. What Chakwantha is complaining about is the manner the bill was billdozed thru. Curtailment of debate means debate was stoped by the motion therefore no one could be allowed to speak or reject. In other words members were gagged to speak. The issue here is simple to understand. And no one rejecting the bill all we wanted to rejester were gray areas in the bill . Already NGO have started pointing out difficulties in implimenting the law coz some aspects in the bill contravene the constitutional provissions and this what the Mp was trying to bring to your attention. Its a waste of time to pass a bill into law that cant ne operationalised. Cant you get this you little Dpp brains attacking Chakwantha!!!!

  28. Joda says:

    Be vigilant as 2019 is comn. Will u chakwatha stand the heat? = <

  29. Zozoro says:

    No I agree this bill should not be assented.women will be getting married to enrich themselves by getting a share of the property yomwe the guy anavutikira to was supposed to be kuti a woman should only get a share of the property shecontributed

  30. maximo says:

    Koma ziliko!! Kukhala pa chibwenzi zaka 5 latheka banja!! Mitala milandu. Tiyeni tione zitha bwanji!!

  31. ezekiel Luhanga says:

    where were you?

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  34. freespch says:

    What is in the bill?

  35. Mukutinji a Malawi? says:

    Is this not one previously controversial lawyer? If there is possibility for waiving standing orders, then what is wrong with this “learned” lawyer? I am a man but the way women are suffering leaves a lot to be desired! Most men very irresponsible, good at only planting seeds but bad at watering the fruit. How I wish there were stiffer penalties to go with such recklessness. By the way, what is Jessie Kabwila say? Jessie tayamba yako ija ya ma controversy you have been mute for a long time. You make people debate on your controversies!

  36. pijo says:

    Ine andipatse zanga

  37. mwana mulopwana says:

    why you did not reject when the issue was tabled, You are a lawyer by profession and you don’t need to bring issues out after they were tabled , you have to fight within , koma inu ndi a lawyerdi koma, you just behave as one parliamentarian who never went to school

  38. Wosiyidwa says:

    Naaaa Iyi Ndiye yakukwananitu azibambo munya simunati ndati werenga bwinobwino musova

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